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Altair Partner Alliance Adds Micromechanical Composites Tool

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TROY — Altair Partner Alliance announced Wednesday that AnalySwift will be joining the program and adding its complex composite modeling tool, SwiftComp Micromechanics, to the growing offering of partner applications available to HyperWorks users under Altair’s license manager.

SwiftComp is unique software that combines efficiency and accuracy when assisting with the design and modeling of complex composites to improve structural designs, estimating a structure’s capabilities or engineering a new material with enhanced performance characteristics.

“As the world-class micromechanics program, SwiftComp Micromechanics is a unique and versatile tool that can be used for the analysis and modeling of composites,” said AnalySwift president and CEO Allan Wood. “With the ability to be applied to a large span of industries and assignments, SwiftComp is exceptionally valuable, now especially for Altair’s HyperWorks users.”

SwiftComp Micromechanics is general-purpose micromechanics code, applying a powerful mathematical approach to enable quick results without the loss of accuracy. While being extremely efficient, SwiftComp accurately calculates a complete set of physical properties in seconds. It runs only one analysis, which can be done on a typical laptop computer, and takes just seconds to complete, unlike other approaches, which may take several hours. The software obtains a complete set of fully coupled, multiphysical properties without the application of highly crafted load and boundary conditions, postprocessing or multiple runs.

“The time savings could easily be orders of magnitude,” said Wenbin Yu,  chief technology officer for AnalySwift. “A major benefit to users is the ability to efficiently design and analyze materials and structures in ways not possible otherwise — for instance, models that are too large to be handled by computers in a practical way.”

The necessary properties can be calculated by SwiftComp for any heterogeneous material, including layered, binary, fiber/particle reinforced, and woven composites, as well as any other composites created using other manufacturing techniques. This tool also can achieve a complete set of three-dimensional material properties using a one-dimensional analysis of the 1D unit cell for binary composites. It also can analyze other heterogeneous materials, including construction materials, metals, bone and brain tissue, ice and many others.

“AnalySwift is another important addition to our broad suite of Altair Partner Alliance products that addresses the needs of our customers using advanced composite materials,” said Robert Yancey, senior director of aerospace for Altair. “To make full use of the advantages offered by advanced composites, tools such as SwiftComp are necessary to design and analyze these materials so that they meet customer requirements.”

With the ability to deal with any microstructure containing a given number of constituents, SwiftComp is an incredibly versatile tool, applicable to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace and aircraft, wind energy, automotive, marine, defense and construction, to name a few. It can be used to perform multiscale modeling of composite structures, homogenization of heterogeneous materials and multiphysics micromechanics analysis of composites, among other processes.

Available for the last 12 years, Altair’s innovative unit-based licensing system allows HyperWorks users customizable access to a growing portfolio of applications while optimizing their return on investment with each new partner added. Since the start, every license has been composed of a pool of recyclable HyperWorks units, which can be used to access any application within the HyperWorks family.

After experiencing this original licensing model’s success, Altair has offered the opportunity for third-party companies to run their own applications under this unit-based system, a collaboration now known as the Altair Partner Alliance. The overall flexibility of these HWUs empowers users and allows them access to the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available, making the benefits to participating HyperWorks customers infinite. The ROI increases for users each time a new application is added to the offering, since any of the partner programs can be accessed using the same leased HWUs they are already using to run HyperWorks. This makes more than 50 additional applications available at no incremental cost or long-term commitment.

HyperWorks users can download SwiftComp Micromechanics at www.altairalliance.com/analyswift. To learn more about AnalySwift and SwiftComp, please attend one of the introductory Webinars, being held on April 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern time. These Webinars will be hosted by Altair and presented by AnalySwift.

More at www.altairalliance.com.

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